Guy Noves could be building a  squad capable of competing with the best. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prospects: They have to travel to London and Dublin, which makes the prospect of them winning the championship considerably longer odds against. The h(...)

Toulon’s lock Samu Manoa (centre) vies with fullback Liam Williams (left) of Scarlets during the Champions Cup match at Mayol stadium. Photograph: Getty.

CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND-UP Toulon were made to work hard by Scarlets as they recorded a 31-20 bonus-point success to keep up the pressure on Saracens in (...)

England’s prop Joe Marler  clashes with Wales’ prop Samson Lee  during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

World Rugby was right to summons Joe Marler to face an independent misconduct hearing over his “gypsy boy” comment to the Welsh tighthead Samson Lee d(...)

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw celebrate Scotland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 29 France 19 Now we can say at last that Scotland are starting to make progress. Not more than one step, but progress nevertheless. After th(...)

Jack Nowell celebrates as Mike Brown evades Robbie Henshaw to score England’s second try at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 10 Much like the game itself, this was a decidedly mixed bag of an Irish performance. Opinions will probably vary more wildly t(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney is left grounded after Guilhem Guirado of France’s tackle during the Six Nations game in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

At face value it looks like carnage. For the opener against Wales, Ireland had nine frontline players ruled out through injury, a figure which rose t(...)

 Johnathan Sexton: was targeted off the ball by France’s Yohann Maestri.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It would be bitter not to doff ones cap to the French. The referee will have won few fans and Ireland suffered yet more injuries. But Guy Noves has re(...)

France’s Virimi Vakatawa and  Ireland’s Andrew Trimble compete for the ball during their Six Nations clash in Paris. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

It’s hard not to respect Andrew Trimble. We will miss the Ulster winger’s honesty when he eventually stops lacing up boots. “That’s criminal getting (...)

Virimi Vakatawa will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Photograph: Getty Images

New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their op(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

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